Review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

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We’ve all had nights were one too many drinks get consumed and before you know it you attract an obese whale who follows you back home for some um “coffee.” In the case of Miss Kobayashi however an evening of overindulgence resulted in the bespectacled programmer cohabitating with a dragon, rather than a marine mammal. After a strenuous day at the office Kobayashi unwinds with a few brews leaving her completely plastered. Due to her drunken stupor she misses her stop and ends up taking the train all the way up to the nearby mountains. There she finds an injured dragon named Tohru who she saves from death by extracting the holy blade protruding from her scaly torso. Smitten by her saviour, Tohru decides to permanently migrate over to the human realm and become Kobayashi’s servant.

OVERVIEW

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a thirteen-episode anime based on the manga created by Coolkyoushinja (whose previous works include the amusingly titled I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying.) This charming slice of life comedy follows the reserved Miss Kobayashi as she settles into the routine of living with a reptilian maid. As one may expect Tohru’s housekeeping is unconventional to say the least. She cleans Kobayashi’s unmentionables by shoving them down her gullet, dusts the apartment by using sorcery rather than a broom and when mealtime rolls along she serves dishes of roasted dragon tail (I’m guessing it tastes like chicken.) Kobayashi’s once quiet life is turned upside down by Tohru’s antics and things only get livelier when other magical lizards relocate from their fantasy world to Japan as well.

The first visitor is a petite dragon named Kanna Kamui, who Kobayashi later adopts. Kanna resembles a cute kindergartener and is for all intends and purposes this show’s Renge Miyauchi (Non Non Biyori.) After a while Tohru’s pals Fafnir and Lucoa show up to pay their friend a visit. Fafnir initially dislikes humans, but that gradually changes when he boards with Kobayashi’s geeky co-worker Makoto Takiya. Under his roof the wicked dragon is seduced by the allure of MMOs and manga. Lucoa also ends up finding a human roommate in the form of underage mage Shōta Magatsuchi. The bashful wizard mistakes Lucoa for a succubus, as she appeared before him during a demon summoning ritual. Lucoa’s skimpy attire and tendency to motorboat the youngster, with her ginormous breasts, does little to quash Shōta’s assumptions.

VERDICT

I am awarding Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid a score of four and a half stars. Usually when I watch anime I limit myself to a couple of episodes per sitting, but with this series I couldn’t resist marathoning the first ten. Early on I was hooked, as each instalment would introduce an interesting new character to the mix. Once the full cast was established the series retained my undivided attention thanks to the consistently funny humour and heart-warming moments that revolve around the Kobayashi/Tohru/Kanna family unit. The last two episodes don’t quite match the quality of the previous eleven, but they aren’t terrible by any means. For me the twelfth episode was a bit slow, as it dealt with Tohru’s backstory. Episode thirteen on the other hand suffered from fewer gags due to the necessity of concluding the season with some domestic drama.

One creative choice that elevates Dragon Maid over other anime would have to be the gender of Miss Kobayashi. Had the series been titled Mr Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid we may well have gotten a less appealing harem show were the sexy dragons bicker for the protagonist’s affections. That’s not to say that Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is devoid of fan service though. Miss Kobayashi may be sensibly dressed and realistically proportioned, but the same cannot be said of the other girls. Tohru’s rival Elma for example is stacked (no guessing where the fat from her calorie rich snacks ends up.) Lucoa as previously mentioned is blessed with massive mammaries and Tohru herself is no slouch in the chest department. I had to chuckle when Kobayashi asked what Tohru’s bra size is. “D” she replies, “It stands for Dragon.”

21 thoughts on “Review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

    • I must admit that 2017 has been a quiet anime year for me. Video games and live action movies have dominated my free time. Hopefully in the summer, when fewer games come out, I’ll have the opportunity to check out all the highly rated shows that I have missed.

      Hero Academia sounds like something I would enjoy, given that I am a superhero fan. I also need to see what all the fuss was about concerning One Punch Man.

      • I prefer My Hero Academia over One Punch Man! I started on that Hero Academia blog post but I have a busy couple nights ahead, so look for it on Wednesday – I hope it will encourage you to watch the show.

  1. Sounds almost like a sitcom parody one would see in a Family Guy cutaway gag. The fact they make this silly idea work this well potentially puts it up there with shows like Alf, I Dream Of Jeanie, and Bewitched. I’ll keep an eye out for this one. Sounds like it could be fun.

    • No matter how silly the idea is you can bet someone in Japan has tried to make an anime, manga or novel out of it. Most of the time zany ideas don’t have enough substance to work, but anime like Dragon Maid won me over thanks to its charm.

      Good observation on Miss Kobayashi being similar to those classic shows. Now that I think about it all those monster girl shows are just smuttier versions of The Munsters.

  2. I went into great detail in my own review so I’ll keep this short:
    I loved Riko X Kanna.
    Tohru X Miss Kobayashi were wonderful.
    Mr Fafnir and Mr Otaku are fun to ship.
    Lucoa and the shota named Shouta have their audience I suppose though I admit they had their moments.

    Not much else to add as you covered the other neat aspects of the show. All that’s left to say is I want a 2nd season.

    • Riko’s blushing was funny. They probably didn’t need to go there with respect to the bedroom scene though.

      I like Lucoa. She reminds me a bit of Xellos (Slayers) because she has those squinty eyes and is smarter than you might initially think. The scene were Shota drives her out of the house and then worries that she is gone for good was sweet.

      • I could also go into detail why there the bedroom scene was not as offensive as some say but I can at least understand why some would feel uncomfortable seeing it.

        Oh Lucoa as a character was great without question.
        Like I said Lucoa and Shouta the shota had their moments.

    • I didn’t either, until I conducted exhaustive research for this review (skimmed through Wikipedia.) The author has apparently written I Can’t Understand and Komori-san Can’t Decline (the latter was adapted into a series of shorts.)

  3. Fab show, probably my fave of the year so far (which says a lot about how 2017 is going…) . The characters are so much fun and are cute without being deliberately played up as such (Kana being the prime example). Tohru is just too much when she goes into full enthusiasm mode and Kobayashi is a hoot as the laid back protagonist.

    • Wow, I didn’t expect this series to be a contender for your fave anime of 2017. The show clearly has charm if it managed to win you over. I assumed that Maid Sama had put you off all things maid for a while.

      • What can I say, I like a good goofy comedy if it is well done and with endearing characters which this show does. 😉

  4. That is a harem anime, right? Like, I get that the leads there are almost always male, but still, that description applies pretty perfectly otherwise.

    Most people need drinks before random women start following them home? That seems to happen to me every time I leave the house. Bit of a bother, really.

    • The series does sound like a harem show, but it isn’t as only Tohru lusts after Kobayashi (so we are spared from an anime version of your life were random women feud over the lead character.)

  5. This show was one I was quite judge-y about at first, but after watching the first few episodes, I fell in love. These characters are so cute! It’s a pretty good anime to watch in a marathon too, since it’s only one season right now.

  6. The Saga of Kanna the Evil

    Everyone rants about how “cute”, “adorable” etc. etc. Kanna is. Wake up folks! You are totally missing out on the implications of what we see and hear.

    1) She is quite likely prone to violent behavior. A Dragon’s human form is a reflection of their real form. Kanna is quite young by dragon standards, so her human form looks around 7-8 years old. More likely, she’s 40-50; when in school, she clearly is ahead of her class regarding knowledge. When in dragon form, she is the size of a greyhound bus, and quite combat capable. Now, her parents have exiled her to the human world until she learns how to behave; we are told that she had been “playing pranks”. When we consider that in dragon form she is huge, super strong, can fly and breathes lightning, we have to ask ourselves exactly WHAT “pranks” she was playing that her own parents felt compelled to cast her into exile. It certainly wasn’t something minor.

    2) She is no naive little girl; she is clearly sexually aware. She accuses Kobayashi of “seducing Lady Tohru with your body”. She is also a probably a sexual predator. When her friend Sakiwa tells her she loves her and wants to marry her, Kanna rolls her on the floor, climbs on top of her and says “let’s get closer”. It’s pretty clear what she has in mind. When led away she mutters “I wanted to …”, with the line being unfinished in the anime. In case you aren’t totally convinced, the Manga is a bit more graphic here. “I wanted to XXXX her” is her full statement in the manga. One of the more perceptive reviewers called her “a Goth loli”, which is a bit more accurate.

    3) She is manipulative. She is quite aware that humans find her child-form cute and appealing. She has no qualms about exploiting this fact to get treats and favors from Kobayashi.

    4) While she is certainly able to express emotion, many of her replies to questions are monosyllabic, and unaccompanied by emotional manifestations such as voice tones or facial expressions. She may not be an out-and-out psychopath like another loli we all know and love … “Tanya the Evil”, from Youjo senki … but I strongly suspect that she has sociopathic tendencies.

    All in all, Kanna is someone you should tread warily around. “Be afraid; be very afraid”.
    Gotta admit, though, she IS certainly cute.

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